2021 - a year of opportunity

Thank you to everyone who took part in the latest IPAA SA survey, which asked respondents, ‘What are the Opportunities for 2021?’. Below we highlight some of the responses from this survey – sharing a sunny outlook for 2021.

How positive do you feel about 2021 as a year of change and opportunity?

On average, respondents felt quite positively about 2021, providing a 64% confidence rating that 2021 would bring about opportunities for change and growth.

Many respondents felt that this sense of confidence came from the public sector’s demonstrated capability to band together and overcome tough challenges and that 2020 was a prime example of the public sector working at its best.

Has COVID-19 affected your career priorities and goals for the future?

92% of respondents shared that their career priorities and goals have changed in the wake of COVID-19, with many taking the opportunity to think about positive changes to work-life balance. Many have found a renewed sense of purpose in the work they are doing within the sector and hope to see positive changes to work culture continue.

What do you think will be the key opportunities for the SA public Sector in 2021?

82% of respondents agreed that ‘exploring the “future of work” and how the workplace has rapidly changed’ will be a key opportunity for the sector to explore. It was proven that the sector can work rapidly and adaptively to make large-scale changes to seemingly long-ingrained practices almost overnight. Respondents are eager to not lose this heightened responsiveness as we enter the ‘new normal’.

Putting a renewed focus on mental health and support was also noted by 67% of respondents to be an opportunity for this year and beyond as we look to new ways to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

What can IPAA SA do to support you in 2021?

Respondents are eager for IPAA SA to help them explore the “post-COVID world” and to examine what the future of public service will look like in 2021 and beyond. From us, at IPAA SA, we can say that “we hear you loud and clear”, we look forward to bringing you new opportunities to engage in events and resources that will support you in this area.

It was also shared by respondents that many would benefit from being able to access on-demand live training from IPAA SA. Hearing from respondents located regionally, we understand that this can often feel isolating, and we look forward to using new virtual capabilities to engage you in IPAA learning, no matter where you are located.


If you have any comments you would like to add or if you have ideas on how IPAA SA can support you, please contact us.

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